We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Aponte and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sabrina, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson being in broadcast journalism has taught me is simply being true to yourself and to your beliefs in order to grow an authentic audience who is going to be consistent with supporting the content you’re putting out. In today’s day and age, it’s easy to forget who we are or to compare one another on the internet, TV, radio or on social media platforms. Storytelling should be about being transparent, showing every angle to a story and more importantly the truth. You also have to take into consideration what the audience wants to see and which audience specifically is being targeted.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
If it wasn’t for school and also putting myself out there when an opportunity presented itself I don’t think I’d be where I am today. Thanks to FIU’s school of Journalism I found interest in reporting and anchoring, but also being able to produce and edit my own content to perfect the story I’m trying to tell. It hasn’t always been easy, mostly because I’m an over thinker, but there have been times throughout my journey where I’ve doubted myself and have turned into my own biggest critic. I’ve had to learn how to get past that and realize how far I’ve come and all that I’ve learned to not get discouraged. Each person has their own path in life.

Although It’s only been a few years since I officially started working in the industry, I’ve been blessed enough to work in multiple departments of Broadcasting. Sometimes I consider myself to have the best of both worlds because as an Assignment desk editor for a local news station, you get to hear all the breaking news first and see first hand what our communities are going through on a daily basis. As a bilingual entertainment reporter / radio personality, I get to dive into the storytelling of music instead in both the Latin and American market. It was because of this that I decided to start my own podcast/ online radio show called “305 Times” which focuses on stories of interest based in South Florida, the latin community and the latest events happening in the city. I wanted a platform where I could showcase talented and ambitious individuals by interviewing them as well, so the world could get to know their story. I’m excited to see what’s to come considering this is only the beginning!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite things about living in a big city like Miami is that the options of places to see are endless. I’d definitely start my best friends trip by taking her to catch the sunrise at South Point Park Pier, where we could also, layout on the beach, grab some sun and then rent Citi bikes to ride to a local restaurant in South Beach called “La Ventanita” for some authentic Colombian breakfast. Other outdoor settings I’d take my bestie to are Crandon park or Matheson Hammock park where you can rent Kayaks or canoes for the day or just have a picnic at with a beautiful sunset view of the city. Now if we’re going for happy hour one night, Wynwood has many restaurants/ bars like 1-800-Lucky or Brickhouse that you can easily walk on over to listen to some good music and great drinks. Wynwood is great for either nighttime or daytime activities like a Sunday brunch at “R House” with vibrant performances by Drag Queens. Growing up in Miami what interested me the most was the many different cultures we come across, one big melting pot. We even have neighborhoods that represent other countries like Little Haiti and Little Havana. One might no be able to fly into these islands, let alone during a pandemic, but if you want a small taste of it just walk into these neighborhoods where the history and great food of them surround you. Behind every community there is a story to tell and that’s what I love about the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Every time I think of all the opportunities I’ve been given, I come back to Randy Wallz. Someone whose work ethic I have admired and has believed in me since I took on an internship at the Spanish Broadcasting Co. him and his father founded.

Website: www.Sabrinaaponte.com

Instagram: @Sabrina.Aponte / @305Times_

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabrinaaponte/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/apontesabri 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000110388731

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC4vRpVYeKURgtgq0vfhKhw

Other: You can subscribe to my podcast “305 Times” on all platforms like Apple podcasts and Spotify.

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